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Sacramento Region Red Cross Workers Deployed To Texas

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers distributing bottled water in the Houston area.

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

A Sacramento area American Red Cross worker is among the hundreds of people helping Texas residents recover from destructive floods.

Communities in central and southeast Texas have been devastated by a series of flood events this year. Christy Woods of the Sacramento area Red Cross was deployed to help.

"Right now I'm in Houston and this is the one that's hardest hit," Woods says.

Houston came to a near standstill in April when record floods impacted more than 5,000 homes. The most recent flooding happened a little more than a week ago.

"The tragedy here is this is a repeat," Woods says. "I mean these poor people in Texas have been ... this is their third big go-around. People are worn out, not only the people who are being affected but everybody gets fatigue. The donor fatigue is going on."

Woods says it's only been a week since the last big storm, but national attention to flood victims has gone elsewhere.

"You know, we had that tropical system go over Florida today," Woods says. "But people forget that it's still happening. We still have people in shelters down here and we still have people left with nothing. Their homes are destroyed, they don't have insurance. So it's going to get worse before it's going to get better."

Woods and other Red Cross workers are operating or supporting nearly 20 shelters, providing meals, helping assess damage and distributing relief supplies.

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Steve Milne

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